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AMA: Rick Gray elected chairman of AMA Board of Trustees

24 February 2000

Posted By Terry Callahan
Motorsports Editor, The Auto Channel
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Rick Gray, a six-year member of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Board of Trustees, has been named chairman of the AMA Board of Trustees. He succeeds Carl Reynolds, who has served in the board's highest position since 1997.

Gray, an attorney from Lancaster, Penn., and a 21-year AMA member, most recently served as Board Treasurer. He also sits on the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors and has served on the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees. He brings a long history of fighting for motorcyclists' rights to the chairman's seat.

"I look forward to working for the empowerment of AMA members in every aspect of motorcycling," Gray said. "It's exciting to be in a position of leadership in an organization I have so much respect for."

A Northeast Region Trustee since 1995, Gray is also on the board of the American Motorcyclist Political Action Committee and has served on the board of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. He is also one of the founders of ABATE of Pennsylvania, a member of 10 other ABATE and state motorcycle organizations, a 15-year member of the Harley Owners Group and a member of three national organizations of BMW riders. His activism earned him the title of 1993 AMA Road Rider of the Year, among other honors.

An avid motorcyclist, Gray started riding in 1969 on a Honda 350. Since then, he's owned nearly 50 motorcycles. He currently has 13, including a Harley-Davidson Softail, a BMW R11000RT, a BMWR1100RS, a Triumph Speed Triple and a 1969 Honda CB750K0 sand-cast collector's item. His wife, Gail, also rides, primarily on her BMW R1100R. She, too, is active in the AMA and other motorcyclist organizations. Together, they have presented seminars to various motorcyclists' rights organizations on the globalization of motorcycling issues and how to argue the helmet law rationally and professionally.

Gray played a large role in the AMA's Riding Ruger campaign against that company's discrimination toward motorcyclists, and has been an outspoken advocate for motorcyclists' rights.

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